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Book Passage & Left Coast Writers®: America After November 3rd (Virtual Event)

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 5:00pm

Presented with Left Coast Writers®
Monday, October 26, 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET • Virtual Event

A special thanks to Travelers’ Tales and Executive Editor Larry Habegger for hosting this event!

This special event will introduce Left Coast Writers® to the broader community and showcase the many programs that it offers to authors. As part of the evening LCW, is hosting a special discussion that will look at the future of our country through the eyes of two authors who have written recently about the political crisis our country is facing.

America After November 3rd: A Discussion Led by Mort Rosenblum and Bill Petrocelli

Mort Rosenblum is a famed international-affairs reporter for the AP and Intl Herald-Tribune. He is editor of the popular site mortreport.org and author of Saving our World From Trump.

Bill Petrocelli is a lawyer, novelist, bookseller, and author of Electoral Bait & Switch: How the Electoral College Hurts American Voters and What Can Be Done About It.

Left Coast Writers® has been providing support and inspiration to writers in Northern California for more than 17 years. Through its monthly meetings and frequent book events, it provides literary connections, mutual support,readings, writing tips, literary chats, unabashed networking, and great fun. LCW hosts many activities to launch the books of members and explore publishing alternatives. LCW writers are often featured at Book Passage events. Left Coast Writers is led by famed writer, editor, and teacher Linda Watanabe McFerrin.

Left Coast Writers® Salon: An Evening of Mystery with Cara Black and Kelli Stanley (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® will be hosting an evening full of mystery for its members and friends at Book Passage! Join authors Cara Black and Kelli Stanley as they preview some of the secrets of ingenious plotting and craft that will be explored at the 2020 Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference where they will both serve as guest faculty. There will be a panel discussion about the genre, their contributions, what works for them, what doesn’t work, and how to keep readers turning pages and trying to anticipate twists and turns while perched on the edge of their seats.

The panelist/attendee Q&A should allow everyone to leave no stone unturned. And, in keeping with the theme of the evening, we have a pleasant reveal in store for our members.

That bit is a surprise!

Cara Black is the author of nineteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series and author of the forthcoming Three Hours in Paris, due out in April. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.

Kelli Stanley is an award-winning and critically acclaimed American author of mystery-thrillers. The majority of her published fiction is written in the genres of historical crime fiction and noir. Her best known work, the Miranda Corbie series, is set in San Francisco, her adoptive hometown.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

POSTPONED: Left Coast Writers®: Sheldon Greene - Waiting for the Messiah (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 6:00pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Left Coast Writers® Event!

When the Bolton Jewish Community converts a disused retirement home into a boarding school and hires a Russian refugee to direct it and the retirees as staff, the small town of Bolton, Pennsylvania celebrates the change. But when the director admits a Palestinian boy, schedules Palestine National Day and a fundraiser for a Catholic homeless shelter, the family that endowed the retirement home fifty years earlier sues to regain their trust fund. This action sets in motion a series of events that results in the notion that the school director might be Jesus Christ himself. But is he? Waiting for the Messiah, the sequel to the critically-acclaimed novel Lost and Found, is a modern-day imagining of the second coming of Christ to a small Jewish community. Full of warmth, humor and the celebration of the extraordinary in the ordinary, it appeals to the faithful of all religions and iconoclasts alike.

Of Sheldon Greene's six novels, five draw strongly upon his experience with and knowledge of the Jewish faith. Ranging from fact-based history to flights of imagination, he uses his novels to explore such subjects as Jews in the American Revolution, Jewish influence on pre-Colombian culture, the Israeli War of Independence, and the impact of the Holocaust on creativity. Greene was appointed Warden of Insurance of the State of Ohio at age 23. A public interest lawyer, he pursued seminal issues—such as the United States' flawed health delivery system, the impact of illegal immigration on the economy, renewable energy, and public land policies—decades before they achieved national attention. He was a participant in the first Obama national policy team for both immigration and energy. He was one of the founders of the New Israel Fund and helped formulate its unique structure, drawing on his experience as General Counsel of California Rural Legal Assistance. He is an executive in a wind energy development company and has been actively engaged in renewable energy for over 25 years. He advocates the formulation of a God concept derived from the life process, stripped of anachronistic anthropomorphic characteristics. He has developed personal guidelines for a balanced, seamless life with spiritual, intellectual, social, and creative dimensions.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

POSTPONED: Left Coast Writers® Launch: Joan Steidinger - Stand Up and Shout Out (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Today, women have greater opportunities to participate in sport than ever before, particularly due to the passage of Title IX in 1972. Yet, despite all this growth, women still struggle to hold leadership positions, become coaches of both girls and boys teams, receive equal pay, and even get adequate coverage in the media. In Stand Up and Shout Out: Women's Fight for Equality in Sports, Joan Steidinger explores the three crucial areas in sport that remain huge concerns for women: leadership, money, and media. Steidinger looks at the number of ways in which women experience vast inequalities by examining topics such as the politics of sport, sexual assault, the #MeToo movement, pay equity, women in coaching positions, and the experiences of women of color and LGBTQ athletes. Interviews with leading authorities in the field and prominent female athletes are interwoven throughout to add both expert and personal perspectives to the conversation. Stand Up and Shout Out does more than just inform readers about these important issues; its purpose is to create enlightened discussions around the unequal treatment of women and present readers with "action steps" so we can all become active contributors toward improving this situation. This is an ideal time to fight for women's equality in sport, as it draws attention to the growing need for advocacy for girls and women around the world in all areas of life.

Joan Steidinger is a licensed clinical and sports psychologist. She is designated as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and is on the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) Registry of Sports Psychology. Dr. Steidinger has worked with sport psychology clients for twenty-seven years, including with pro and amateur athletes. Dr. Steidinger's first book about female athletes, Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete (2014), won five literary awards. Dr. Steidinger lives in Mill Valley, California.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers® Salon with Author and Songwriter Zoe FitzGerald Carter

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 7:00pm

We have an appropriately LOVE-ly treat planned for the February Left Coast Writers Literary Salon: Author and well-known songwriter and performer, Zoe Fitzgerald Carter will be brightening the month by sharing her take on how to turn life and love into lyrics.

As Zoe says, “In many ways my songwriting feels like it builds on everything I’ve done as a writer over my lifetime. It’s just another, more concentrated way to explore language and storytelling and, like all my first-person writing, draws on lived experience.

Zoe FitzGerald Carter will discuss how she decided to become a full-time songwriter and musician after working as a journalist and memoirist for 30 years. While the form is different, the challenge is the same: How to be a vivid—and economical—storyteller. Zoe will share her tips and we think she has some surprises in store, one of which involves a guitar.

Zoe FitzGerald Carter is an author, teacher and journalist who has published in The New York Times, Salon, Vogue, and Newsweek among other places. Her 2010 memoir, Imperfect Endings, about her mother’s decision to end her life, was excerpted in O magazine and was a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” pick. Since 2017, she has turned exclusively to music, writing and performing original songs with her band, Sugartown. Her first album, Waiting for the Earthquake, came out last year and she is about to record a full-length solo album of original songs. She teaches memoir at The San Francisco Writers Grotto and Left Margin Lit in Berkeley, where she also teaches a six-week course on songwriting. Find more at zoefitzgeraldcarter.com.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Antoinette Constable - Natalie in the Shadow of the Swastika (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm

Author Antoinette Constable, who was a young girl in WWII France, has written a compelling coming-of-age novel for young adult readers, Natalie in the Shadow of the Swastika. Set in 1940 occupied Paris, eight-year-old Natalie and her family—a Jewish mother, gentile father, and two sisters—cope with the harsh facts of war and Hitler’s occupying army. When her ailing father suddenly disappears, Natalie’s safe surroundings are forever changed. Her struggles with the painful family separation and the dangerous threats against her Jewish mother reveal a growing maturity in the face of confusing loss. Natalie’s fierce resolve to hold onto hope and her love of family leads her from innocence to understanding and resilience, despite the violence of war.

Born and raised in France, Antoinette Constable was a career nurse holding British and American degrees, and is also retired from her own catering business. She has lived in the United States for many years, where she raised her four children as a single mother. Her work has won the PEN First Prize for Poetry, as well as the Ann Stanford Award from the University of Southern California, and has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Barnabe Mountain Review, Bay Area Poets Coalition, California Quarterly (CQ), Denver Metropolitan State Magazine, The Healing Muse, Louisville Review, and POEM. Her chapbook of war-related poems, The Lasting War, was published in December 2014.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers® Launch: Antoinette Constable - Natalie in the Shadow of the Swastika (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 7:00pm

Author Antoinette Constable, who was a young girl in WWII France, has written a compelling coming-of-age novel for young adult readers, Natalie in the Shadow of the Swastika. Set in 1940 occupied Paris, eight-year-old Natalie and her family—a Jewish mother, gentile father, and two sisters—cope with the harsh facts of war and Hitler’s occupying army. When her ailing father suddenly disappears, Natalie’s safe surroundings are forever changed. Her struggles with the painful family separation and the dangerous threats against her Jewish mother reveal a growing maturity in the face of confusing loss. Natalie’s fierce resolve to hold onto hope and her love of family leads her from innocence to understanding and resilience, despite the violence of war.

Born and raised in France, Antoinette Constable was a career nurse holding British and American degrees, and is also retired from her own catering business. She has lived in the United States for many years, where she raised her four children as a single mother. Her work has won the PEN First Prize for Poetry, as well as the Ann Stanford Award from the University of Southern California, and has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Barnabe Mountain Review, Bay Area Poets Coalition, California Quarterly (CQ), Denver Metropolitan State Magazine, The Healing Muse, Louisville Review, and POEM. Her chapbook of war-related poems, The Lasting War, was published in December 2014.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Dr. Clark J. Chelsey - The Radicalization of Thomas Jefferson (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 6:00pm

Jefferson lived through world-altering upheavals in his lifetime. Not only was he one of the most important founding fathers, but he also served his new nation as one of the most influential precepts of civic responsibility in a democracy. All of this came at a time of three converging revolutions in history: the democratic revolution in America and France, the Scientific Revolution, and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. In The Radicalization of Thomas Jefferson, Dr. Clark J. Chelsey traces the living fabric of Jefferson’s ideas through these turbulent changes and how Jefferson modified, refined, and increasingly radicalized them in a coherent and systematic way.

Dr. Chelsey has Ph.D.s in philosophy and history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Radicalization of Thomas Jefferson is the result of an over 40-year fascination with Jefferson, during which Chelsey read hundreds of books and articles while researching the founding father.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers® Launch: Elaine Miller Bond - Wild Colors of the West (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

Is your favorite color warm and sunny, or is it cool like water? Does it appear with the rain, or does it glow and shine in the sun? In Wild Colors of the West, the latest board book from the author of Living Wild, photographs of animals in their natural habitats show young readers the prismatic hues found in nature, from the tangerine of monarch butterflies to the fresh green of new sorrel. Each page names and locates the Western park or city where author Elaine Miller Bond photographed the featured species.

Elaine Miller Bond got her start as senior science writer for the University of California Natural Reserve System and went on to write and photograph independently. Her photos have appeared on Discovery Channel Canada, and her publishing credits include Science, NPR, BBC Earth News, The American Naturalist, The Washington Post, Journal of Mammalogy, Berkeleyside, and other scientific and popular outlets. She wrote and photographed three children's board books: Running Wild, Living Wild, and Wild Colors. She is the photographer for The Utah Prairie Dog: Life Among the Red Rocks by Theodore Manno. This book features more than 150 of Bond's images, depicting both prairie dogs and the scientists who study their behaviors. Bond is also the author of Dream Affimals and Affimals — short, uplifting books that celebrate wildlife as majestic as snow leopards and as humble as earthworms, and the lessons we can learn from them. Bond took her master's degree from the University of Cambridge in England and her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Tania Romanov - Never a Stranger (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 6:00pm

Tania Romanov hangs from the final limb of a family tree of generations of unintentional travelers—exiles, refugees, displaced people. She grew up with stories of exile—stories of adventure. Perhaps that’s why, as an adult, Tania started living her own adventures—and hasn’t stopped since. In India, she learned that to Indians the way she mourned her husband was far less personal than their custom of dropping cremated bodies into a river; in Japan, that her ancestors could find her in the oddest of circumstances. In Bhutan, she found family, and in Namibia she learned to ease her fears of being trapped in her own past.In Never a Stranger, Tania shares those experiences and more, unforgettable stories of travel, connection, and self-discovery.

Tania Romanov is an award-winning travel photographer and author of Mother Tongue: A Saga of Three Generations of Balkan Women. A Solas Award winner, Tania’s work has been featured in multiple travel anthologies, including the Best Travel Writing series. Born in the former Yugoslavia, Tania fled the country and spent her childhood in a refugee camp in Trieste, Italy, before emigrating to the United States. She hasn’t stopped traveling since.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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